Korean Air has announced that, as from 18 May, it will resume its service between Incheon International Airport, Seoul and Irkutsk, one of the largest cities in Siberia, known for its continental architecture and gateway to an area famed for its natural beauty.
The service will operate two flights a week on the Incheon-Irkutsk route, utilizing a B737-900 aircraft equipped with AVOD in all seats and seating up to 159 passengers in two classes. The flight time will be approximately 3 hours and 40 minutes.
Operating every Monday and Friday, KE983 will depart Seoul/Incheon at 20:50 and arrive in Irkutsk at 0:05 early the next morning. The return flight KE984 departs Irkutsk at 02:30 and arrives at Seoul/Incheon at 07:10 the same morning.
Geographically located at the border of Russia and Mongolia, Irkutsk, “Paris of Siberia” is the biggest city in Eastern Siberia and the economic and cultural center of the Irkutsk Oblast region. The city is a popular tourism destination and the starting point of tours to the massive Lake Baikal, the oldest and deepest freshwater lake in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Tourists also visit Irkutsk for various touristic resources including the Kirov Square, where the historical center with the ensemble of old churches and the Eternal Flame memorial is situated, and Taltzy architectural and ethnographic reserve that represents the dwellings, elements of everyday life, traditions and religious cults of the native people of the region.
By resuming the Incheon-Irkutsk route Korean Air expects to meet the demand and provide more options and greater flexibility for passengers travelling to Russia.